Bell and James was an American soul group from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Formed by Leroy Bell (drums, guitar) and Casey James (guitar, bass, keyboards), both played in Special Blend before beginning to write songs together. Bell’s uncle Thom Bell got them signed to Gamble & Huff as songwriters. They wrote tunes for Elton John, MFSB, The O’Jays, Gladys Knight & the Pips, Freda Payne, and others, before A&M Records took notice and signed them to a full album deal in 1978. Three albums and several hit singles followed, including “Livin’ it Up (Friday Night),” which hit #7 on the U.S. Billboard Black singles, and #15 on the Billboard Hot 100 charts in 1979. It sold over one million copies in the U.S., plus the same track reached #59 in the UK Singles Chart.
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